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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 24, 2006

Ligue 1: Marseille crash to lowly Nantes

PARIS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Strugglers Nantes showed some pride by beating in-form Olympique Marseille 2-1 in Ligue 1 on Sunday despite playing the last 25 minutes with 10 men.

Nantes, who recorded their first victory of the season and inflicted Marseille's first defeat, were 2-0 up when Argentine defender Mauro Cetto was sent off for insulting Marseille goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso in the 65th minute.

Westerners Nantes, playing their first match under new coach Georges Eo, who was appointed after Serge Le Dizet was sacked on Wednesday, move up to 15th in the 20-strong league.

Marseille stay second but are three points behind leaders Olympique Lyon, who top the standings with 19 points from seven games after a spectacular 4-1 win over Lille on Saturday.

Forward Dimitri Payet put Nantes ahead from inside the box after 38 minutes and defender Guillaume Norbert doubled the advantage in the 48th.

Marseille kept racing forward but only managed to reduce the arrears, courtesy of a superb 25-metre shot by striker Mamadou Niang after 78 minutes.

Racing Lens moved up to third with a 1-0 home win over Monaco earlier on Sunday that pushed the principality club into the relegation zone.

The northerners, who took the points thanks to an early penalty from Brazilian forward Jussie, climbed four places, moving on to 13 points.

Monaco are second from bottom with four points after only one win so far this season.

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